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This book actually started out okay. I liked Lucy, from the very beginning, and Jonathan was wonderful.
Lucy is a sixteen year old girl who is dealing with the after effects of a horrible accident that not only put her in a wheelchair but killed her mother. She has spent her entire life in the Australian outback running and jumping and making friends with all sorts of animals so she is struggling with her new limitations. She has a nice best friend and a great father, but she is severely depressed because she can no longer walk, and the only thing that keeps her from giving up on life altogether is the mysterious lights that she has started to see over Emerald Creek.
One day Lucy decides to email a twenty year old student named Jonathan about the lights and they form a friendship online while corresponding. He thinks she is funny and smart, and she loves that he doesn’t know a thing about her disability or tragic past so she can just be normal around him.
Unfortunately, about 30% into reading this, it took a strange turn.
The majority of the story is about this strange light phenomena called Cymatics and the dimension that Lucy is transported to through the lights.
It was like when someone tries to explain a dream that they had, and even though it makes perfect sense to them, you don’t really understand what they are talking about.
There was way too much going on in this book and it confused the heck out of me.
I think Lucy uses her cello to communicate with the lights and travel to the other dimension, and somehow when she goes to that dimension she get some supernatural powers. No, wait! She already has some supernatural abilities and that is why she is able to travel to the other dimension in the first place? Honestly, I still don’t know what gave her the powers or what all she could do.
Either way Lucy is special, and she need to defeat this evil Medusa chick that plans on harnessing the power of unborn fetuses to destroy and all men.
(I’m going to give you a second to reread that last sentence just so you know that you read it right.)
YEP! I said she uses a bunch of fetuses as weapons!
I wish I understood this book better because at the very least it is original, but I don’t know anything about the cello and Cymatics so I was just very confused. If I did know a lot about those things, this book would have been fantastic, but I don’t, and I’m not sure I am capable of understanding them.
I really enjoyed the parts that focused on Lucy learning to deal with being in a wheel chair and coming to terms with her mother’s death. Those moments were handled in a very thoughtful way. I also liked Lucy’s relationship with Jonathan, but those things were not the focus of the book.
If you know a lot about music and Cymatics, read this book now! But if you are like me, and don’t know the first thing about how to play and instrument, and never even heard of Cymatics, I can’t recommend you read this. This book gave me a headache!
Because of language, I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up.